PLA reel stand

by Wired1, published

PLA reel stand by Wired1 Aug 21, 2012



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Scalable universal stand for anything on a reel. I use this to dispense PLA to my 3d printer but it could be used for anything on a reel. The reels I am using are recycled electrical cable reels and are 280mm diameter with a 98mm hole, these are very common in these parts and freely available. The whole construction is very much like the mendel prusa frame so is made from 8mm threaded rod, nuts and washers.
All the parts print in around an hour each and it is a good project to tidy up your print area and use up some scraps of filament.
This is the third version of this device.


Print out 2 ends, 4 feet and if you are using the reels I am using then at least two of the reels ends. The one in the photo takes three reels so used 6 reel ends.
For the one I have built you will need 6 x 180mm long threaded rods, 3 x 450mm long threaded rods, 20 M8 nuts and 18 washers.
The feet are printed with 7mm holes in the triangular frame holes and they need to be tapped out to 8mm metric (or equivalent UNC) thread.
After that it is just assemble it as it looks in the photo. To screw the threaded rods into the feet you may need to lock two nuts together and run them in with a spanner.
If you are using more than one reel as I have you should add two washers between each reel end on the top bar. The ends of the top bar are finished with a nut inside and outside the end top piece and tightened against each other leaving room for the reels to just spin freely.

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